It was in the smallest wine region in France that one of the most famous white wines was created: the vin jaune, or yellow wine. Reds, rosés, sparkling or sweet desert wines, the wines of the Jura are as varied as the cultural and culinary heritage of the region.
Take the Jura Wine Route to meet the winemakers in their vineyards and in the cooperative wineries, where you will taste the wines of the seven origin-approved (AOC) wine districts. Travel through a landscape of hillsides dotted with vineyards, caves, waterfalls and deep valleys with high cliffs, which set the backdrop for visits to historic cities, abbeys and villages. The Jura vineyards, which extend through the foothills of the mountains, are among the oldest in France. Over an area of nearly 80 km, from Salins-les-Bains to Saint-Amour, the soil is suitable for the production of red, white and rosé wines but also sparkling and sweet wines, like the famous vin de paille, or straw-coloured wine, and the vin jaune, or yellow wine.
Known as ‘the gold of the Jura’, vin jaune or yellow wine has an amber colour and a distinctive nutty flavour. It is made using a specific production technique and stored in a special bottle known as a clavelin. The Jura wines match the local fine foods perfectly: Morbier cheese, Comté cheese, and Bresse chicken.
1.Discover two of ‘the Most Beautiful Villages of France’: Château-Chalon, home to the vin jaune, and Baume-les-Messieurs, with its magnificent abbey.
2.Celebrate the vin jaune at the Percée du Vin Jaune festival, one of the largest wine festivals in France, on the first weekend of February.
3.Taste the local produce: discover the combinations of local fine foods and wines and taste the cooking of the four Michelin-starred chefs.
appellations 7 appellations
Arbois, Château-Chalon, L’étoile, Côtes-du-Jura, Macvin-du-Jura, Crémant-du-Jura, Marc-du-Jura.
Red: Trousseau, Poulsard, Pinot Noir.
White: Savagnin, Chardonnay.